Published: Tue, April 30, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Patriots Draft Potential Tom Brady Successor in Auburn's Jarrett Stidham

Patriots Draft Potential Tom Brady Successor in Auburn's Jarrett Stidham

South quarterback Jarrett Stidham of Auburn (8) passing during the South squad 2019 Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Stidham was drafted in the fourth round with the No. 133 overall pick, and the Patriots are clearly intrigued by what he may be able to offer the franchise.

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham was speaking with reporters Saturday after being selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round and reflected on being part of "Draft Academy", an eight-part documentary on ESPN+ that followed players on their journey to the National Football League draft. The same was true for 41-year-old Tom Brady and later Brian Hoyer and Danny Etling and whoever else came through the door as a Day 3 pick or undrafted player.

After spending two-plus seasons at Auburn, where he totaled just 15 tackles in 25 games, Cowart transferred early during the 2017 season. He played his freshman season at Baylor in 2015 but sat out the 2016 season.

At the end of the day, however, the Patriots brought Michael to New England to play football at a high level.

The selection of another quarterback comes at an interesting time for the Patriots, who are coming off another Super Bowl win.

"I think there's different things that happen throughout the season, and I think myself, Coach [Gus] Malzahn, Coach [Chip] Lindsey, if we were all to kind of look back and go back and read through the season, I think we'd just open it up a lot more." said Stidham on the 2018 season.

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